Thursday, May 4, 2017

Rare birds at Huron Hills

I recieved this email from the staff at Natural Area Preservation yesterday. It comes from the City of Ann Arbor's Ornithologist, Juliet Berger


I observed a Hooded Warbler at Huron Hills Golf Course Woods today. It was both seen and heard singing, in the mature woods near the small cattail pond west of a home. This is in the section closest to Huron Parkway. In the past this species has nested here, at least once before that we know of, in 2014. A striking yellow bird with a black hood, Hooded Warblers are a Species of Special Concern for our State. We are at the northern edge of their breeding range, as they are generally a more southerly nesting species. They require high quality mature woodlands with shrubby understory, and like to nest near the ground in a shrub. Here is a link to the allaboutbirds.org website article about the Hooded Warbler. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hooded_Warbler/lifehistory

Also, we observed a Pileated Woodpecker checking out the woods in the same area, as well as 2 pair of Scarlet Tanager, and a Wild Turkey. The woods were hopping today!

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Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) photo from wikipedia.

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Scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea) photo from wikipedia.


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Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) photo from wikipedia.


April 2017 Weather Summary

The high temperature for the April was 82.2 degrees. (April 15th) while the low was 27.5 (8th.) Only two days had low temperatures below 32 degrees.  The average temperature was 53.4 degrees, which was nearly 15 degrees above the average for March.

There were 13 days of rain recorded by the weather station. The monthly total was 4.29 inches. Ten days saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain and the 20th had the most rainfall with 0.79 inches.

Average windspeed was 3.9 mph. The highest recorded sustained windspeed was 35 mph, on the 8th. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New Equipment

Back in January, Ann Arbor Council approved some new equipment for the two city-owned golf courses. We started getting it in last week.


One of the two new greens mowers.


A new bunker rake.


From left to right, another greens mower, a fairway mower, a zero-turn mower and a rough mower.


Two light duty work carts, a heavy duty work cart and a mower for the intermediate rough cut.

All of the old equipment that this will replace will be auctioned off when the City holds it's annual vehicle auction.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

March 2017 Weather Summary

The high temperature for the March was 76.9 degrees. (Mar 24th) while the low was 12.5 (4th.) Eighteen days had low temperatures below 32 degrees while 8 days never got above the freezing point. In February, by contrast, we only had 4 days that never got above 32.  The average temperature was 36.2 degrees, which was three tenths of a degree below February.

There were 10 days of rain recorded by the weather station. The monthly total was 3.48 inches. Seven days saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain and the 30th had the most rainfall with 1.29 inches.

Average windspeed was 4.3 mph. The highest recorded sustained windspeed was 41 mph, on the 8th, which was the day that saw numerous power outages around the state. It also knocked over a few trees at the golf courses as well as dislodging the power lines behind the Leslie Clubhouse, resulting in the power pole catching on fire!

Monday, March 6, 2017

February 2017 Weather Summary

The high temperature for the February was 67.9 degrees! (Feb 18th) while the low was 4.3 (3rd.) Eighteen days had low temperatures below 32 degrees while only 4 days never got above the freezing point. There were seven straight days above 55 degrees between the 18th and 24th. The average temperature was 36.5 degrees.

There were 6 days of rain recorded by the weather station, although at least some of that was snow melting and falling through the rain collector. The monthly total was 2.71 inches. Five days saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain and the 28th had the most rainfall with 1.09 inches.

Average windspeed was 3.7 mph. The highest recorded sustained windspeed was 31 mph, on the 12th. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

January 2017 Weather Summary

The high temperature for the first month of the year was 58.5 degrees (Jan 21st) while the low was 1.3 (6th.) Twenty days had low temperatures below 32 degrees while 9 days never got above the freezing point. The average temperature was 30.9 degrees.

There were 11 days of rain recorded by the weather station, although at least some of that was snow melting and falling through the rain collector. The monthly total was 2.15 inches. Five days saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain and the 10th had the most rainfall with 0.54 inches.

Average windspeed was 3.1 mph. The highest recorded sustained windspeed was 36 mph, on the 10th. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Parks Advisory Commission

Every year, golf course staff make a presentation to the Parks Advisory Commission (PAC) explaining what the courses do and how we are doing it. This year, the Director of Golf, Doug Kelly, put together a video presentation. Here it is.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2016 Weather Summary

The highest temperature recorded at Leslie Park Golf Course during 2016 was 93.0 degrees on July 23rd. The lowest temperature was just - 4.2 degrees on February 28th. This is nearly 15 degrees warmer than the lowest temperature of 2015.  There were 10 days where the high temperature reached 90 degrees. 2015 had just one day above 90. 2016 had 38 days where the high temperature did not get above freezing. For comparison, there were 67 days in 2014 and 50 days in 2015 that did not reach freezing. The low temperature reached below 32 degrees on 116 days. Two days had low temperatures below zero. Last year saw 16 days below zero while 2014 had 20 days with negative temperatures.

For the year, the golf course received 29.47 inches of rain. The most rain in a single day was 1.93 inches on August 16. August edged out July by just one hundredth of an inch of rain for the monthly record (4.07 vs 4.06 inches.) There were 108 days with at least a trace of rain, while three days had over an inch in a 24 hour period.

The average wind speed for the year was 2.7 mph. The highest sustained wind speed was 39.0 mph on February 20th.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

December 2016 Monthly Weather Summary

The high temperature for the month of December was 54.8 degrees (Dec 26th) while the low was -1.8 (19th.) Twenty-five days had low temperatures below 32 degrees while 12 days never got above the freezing point.

There were 7 days of rain recorded by the weather station, although at least some of that was snow melting and falling through the rain collector. The monthly total was 0.76 inches. Three days saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain and the 26th had the most rainfall with 0.25 inches.



Average windspeed was 3.8 mph. The highest recorded sustained windspeed was 31 mph, on the 26th. Apparently, the day after Christmas was windy, rainy and warm.